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Affiliated societies

We are proud to support the work of university student physics and astronomy societies throughout the UK and Ireland and welcome applications from student societies that wish to become affiliated. Like us, university physics and astronomy societies can be the bridge that enables students to develop as people and make the most of opportunities at university better preparing them for their next steps, wherever that may be.

Why affiliate your society with the IOP?

We support physics university societies around the UK and Ireland by promoting and funding their events; offering advice and where possible, helping to source speakers. Affiliated societies are key to our student community and it’s our mission to cultivate a thriving community of engaged students promoting physics in society for the benefit of all.

Societies can look forward to the following benefits:

  • affiliation grant: we provide £100 to contribute to your society’s activities
  • additional funding: for events that promote the wonder of physics and enable participants to gain experience and knowledge related to their studies and career aspirations. Additional grant funding of between £200-£1200 can also be bid for
  • support: advice, signposting and our presence at your events
  • FUSE: the opportunity to attend the annual Forum of University Societies Events
  • network: join a growing community of university physics societies
  • trips: attend a range of networking events including trips to CERN, the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and the annual society’s forum organised by us and a host university from our network
  • local community: involve your society in a broad range of outreach and engagement opportunities through the IOP’s student engagement work and local branch network

Affiliation for 2019-20

Submit your completed IOP affiliation form 2019-20 (PDF, 117KB), see guidance notes below, to

Guidance notes for society affiliation

  • Society affiliation is open to student physics, astronomy, and related societies (eg SATS, SEDS, IPAQS, etc) in the UK and Ireland.
  • More than one society from a single university may affiliate, provided each can demonstrate clearly that the specific aims or membership of the society are sufficiently different from any other societies at the same university. Main examples are separate physics and astronomy societies as well as undergraduate and postgraduate societies. Other cases will be decided upon by the IOP.
  • In order to become affiliated, societies must complete the application form. Two named contacts must be given; please ensure contact details are correct. Both contacts must be individual student members of the IOP.
  • Affiliation is valid for one academic year beginning and concluding in autumn. Societies must re-affiliate each year. You can affiliate during the second or third term, but your affiliation will conclude at the beginning of the next academic year regardless. The society must contact us if either of the named contacts change.
  • Affiliation is a prerequisite to apply for additional funding.

Guidance for additional funding applications

For more information on additional funding application guidelines and requirements, please email  or call: +44 (0) 20 7470 4917.

Affiliated societies

Below is our current list of affiliated societies:


University Society
University of St Andrews Astronomy Society
University of St Andrews St Andrews Physics Society (PhySoc)
University of Bath Physoc
University of Bath NWP
University of Bristol Chaos
University of Bristol Chemical Physics (Duality)
University of Birmingham Poynting Physical Society
University of Cambridge CUPS
University College London Physics Society
Dublin Institute of Technology Physics Society
Dundee University Dundee University Physics Society
University of Durham Astronomical Society
University of Edinburgh Physoc
University of Glasgow Physics Society
University of Glasgow Astronomical Society
Heriot-Watt University IPAQS
University of Hull HUPS
Imperial College London Imperial College AstroSoc
University of Central Lancashire UCLan Physics Society
University of Leicester Physics Society
University of Liverpool University of Liverpool PhySoc
Loughborough University Loughborough Physics
University of Manchester Physoc
University of Manchester MANSEDS
University of Manchester Nuclear Physics
National University of Ireland Galway Astro Society
The Open University FUSION - Physics & Astronomy Society
Queen's University Belfast PAMSOC
University of Sheffield Physoc
University of Strathclyde SCOPE
University of Sussex Q-Soc
Swansea University Swansea University PhySoc
Trinity College Dublin DU Physical Society
UEA Physics and Astronomy Society
University of York Physoc